Asad Ali

Fianna Fáil candidate for Ongar

How would you help get more housing built in Fingal?

To address the housing crisis in Fingal, I would advocate for streamlined planning processes and increased investment in affordable housing projects. Collaborating with developers and community stakeholders to identify and unlock suitable sites for housing development is crucial. I will also push for sustainable and environmentally friendly building practices to ensure long-term benefits for our community. 

What would you do to help make sure adequate amenities and services would be added along with any new housing built?

Ensuring that new housing developments are accompanied by essential amenities and services is a priority. I would work to implement comprehensive planning that integrates schools, healthcare facilities, recreational areas, and commercial centers into new developments. Close collaboration with local authorities and community groups will be vital to meet the diverse needs of our growing population. 

What are your views are on Dublin Airport’s current operations and its proposed expansion?

Dublin Airport is a significant economic driver for the region, but its operations must balance growth with community well-being. I support the airport’s expansion plans, provided they include robust environmental safeguards and noise mitigation measures. Engaging with local residents to address their concerns will be a key part of my approach to ensure the airport’s development benefits all stakeholders. 

What needs to be done to improve public transport in Fingal?

Improving public transport in Fingal requires a multifaceted approach. I will advocate for increased frequency and coverage of bus and rail services, particularly in underserved areas. Investment in sustainable transport options, such as electric buses and improved cycling infrastructure, is essential. Ensuring that public transport is accessible and affordable for all residents will be a cornerstone of my policy.

What should be done to make it nicer and safer for people to get around the city on foot and by bike?

To enhance pedestrian and cycling safety, I would promote the development of dedicated bike lanes and pedestrian pathways. Traffic calming measures and improved street lighting can significantly increase safety. Additionally, I will support initiatives that encourage walking and cycling, such as community programs and educational campaigns, to foster a culture of active transportation. 

What should be done to make the roads safer for all road users?

Road safety can be improved through better infrastructure, such as well-designed intersections, clear signage, and regular maintenance. I will push for stringent enforcement of traffic laws to deter reckless driving and promote safe driving practices. Implementing educational programs that emphasize road safety for all users, including drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, is also essential. 

How would you help create more natural green spaces and promote biodiversity in Fingal?

Creating and preserving natural green spaces is vital for environmental and community health. I will advocate for the protection of existing green areas and the development of new parks and nature reserves. Promoting biodiversity through community-led conservation projects and partnerships with environmental organizations will be a key focus. I will also support policies that integrate green spaces into urban planning to ensure access for all residents. 

How would you help get more parks and sports facilities built in Fingal?

To increase the number of parks and sports facilities, I will champion investments in recreational infrastructure. Collaborating with local sports clubs and community groups to identify needs and secure funding will be a priority. This issue is particularly close to my heart, as I have been a professional athlete throughout my life, competing in martial arts both domestically and internationally. I am well-known in the local community for my contributions to sports activities. I will work to ensure that these facilities are inclusive and accessible, providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to engage in sports and outdoor activities.